Movies We Like
A modernized take on the sort of old Hollywood ancient Roman epic that updates the sword and sandal genre with plenty of ass kicking spectacle and a powerful central performance from Russell Crowe as a Roman general who seeks vengeance after losing his family at the hands of a corrupt prince and is forced to fight as a gladiator in Rome’s coliseum. The film’s populist hero and themes went over big with audiences turning Crowe into a mega star in the process.
Gladiator won 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Russell Crowe). It was nominated for 7 additional Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Best Director.